The Sani Pass – Re­veal­ing its Se­crets

South African Country Life - - Country Escapes -

Any­one who has lived or played in the Sani Pass area of the Drak­ens­berg-Maloti re­gion should find James Col­man’s book fas­ci­nat­ing. Thor­oughly re­searched, the book is packed with in­for­ma­tion and is more than 300 pages, so it’s no quick read. Col­man charts the pres­sures that led to the open­ing of Sani and in­flu­enced sub­se­quent de­vel­op­ment in east­ern Le­sotho. Im­por­tant to the story are a num­ber of Ba­sotho chiefs, most no­tably Rafo­lat­sane, and the pi­o­neer­ing traders and mis­sion­ar­ies who set­tled in what was then

(and in parts still is) a very re­mote re­gion, and who were all as tough as old boots. Col­man also doc­u­ments the epic first mo­torised trip up the pass and the fa­mous Roof of Africa Rally.

Au­thor: James Col­man Pub­lisher: Ot­ter­ley Press Re­viewer: An­drea Ab­bott Price: R420 ISBN: 978-0-99467-537-8 Give­away code: SANI (2 copies)

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